SONY MONITORS BRING 4K CLARITY TO MEDICAL INDUSTRY
Sony has brought 4K technology to the medical industry with the launch of two new 4K medical-grade monitors — the 31-inch (LMD-X310MD) and 55-inch (LMD-X550MD) models.
With the introduction of the monitors, Sony also plans to unveil a line of 4K products designed to complement every step in the surgical workflow. The other new products scheduled to release over the next several months include a 4K medical grade recorder, 4K Video over IP converter and a content management system.
“As the highest resolution available today for surgery, 4K gives physicians and their teams advanced visualisation with virtually no pixilation, especially during up-close viewing,” said Amanda Aldridge, Medical Solutions Product Manager at Sony Australia. “4K technology gives a better view of general anatomy and blood vessels, allowing nurses, clinicians and surgeons to see in far more detail compared to HD resolution. This is important for minimally invasive and general surgery procedures, and for more immersive education and training.”
4K delivers four times the resolution of HD resulting in enhanced clarity, higher contrast, and more accurate colour reproduction. The increased number of pixels creates more defined images compared to HD which improves surgical vision, making it ideal for operating rooms in hospitals, surgical centres, clinics, and other medical facilities.
Further, medical teams using 4K displays have the capability to simultaneously see a “quad-split” view of four full HD images (1920×1080 resolution), from other sources, in addition to images from endoscopic camera systems. Surgeons can also zoom in on a 4K image without experiencing the pixilation normally associated with lower resolution technologies.
Sony’s development of a full line of 4K products will help create compatibility among visualisation technologies and other devices in the medical workflow. The increased bandwidth of 4K requires products that can properly display, distribute and store the larger 4K files.
The new LMD-X310MD and LMD-X550MD monitors can display images from a surgical endoscopic camera system as well as other medical imaging systems, and allow up-scaling of HD videos to 4K. Using the industry’s brightest panel technology, the new 4K monitors feature a unique slender chassis, front bezel and OptiContrast panel that provides edge-to-edge screen protection and corner-to-corner uniformity. OptiContrast technology replaces the layer of air between the panel and the glass with a layer of resin specially formulated to match the refractive properties of the glass. The OptiContrast panel helps establish dark backgrounds for high-contrast images, even in brightly lit rooms. It also reduces glare and reflection and helps eliminate internal dew condensation.
The monitors feature an extremely wide colour gamut which results in higher contrast and more accurate colour reproduction. Both LMD-X310MD and LMD-X550MD offer Quad view picture display with different display modes, namely Mirror Image, Side-by-Side, Picture-in-Picture, and Picture-out-Picture.
The LMD-X310MD and LMD-X550MD feature Advanced Image Multiple Enhancer (A.I.M.E.), a unique Sony technology that lets users adjust views to enhance structure and colour for more comfortable viewing. The FPGA also improves visibility and features four contrast modes and eight colour modes. In addition, the front panel of the monitors is water resistant and designed for easy cleaning.
The new LMD-X310MD and LMD-X550MD 4K monitors are available in Australia and New Zealand from November 2015.